Breast Cancer Awareness: What It Means For African-American Women

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the overarching mission is powerful ― help increase awareness about the importance of early detection, raise funds for research and provide support to those affected by the disease.

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer among women in the U.S. Unfortunately, there are racial disparities that result in a higher mortality rate. While breast cancer incidence is lower among African American women than white women, the mortality rate is 42 percent higher. It is widely thought that the higher mortality rate among African American women is a result of a lack of comprehensive care, including preventive screenings. Here’s a look at a few probable factors behind this disconcerting trend, along with steps you can take to reduce your risk:

Breast cancer is a huge threat to women in this country. One out of every eight women will be diagnosed at some point in her life, and more than 250,000 will get that news this year. While in the past African American women have been more successful in avoiding breast cancer, today, African Americans who are diagnosed face a 40 percent greater mortality rate. The pink ribbons you see this month are an important reminder that there is still much that needs to be done to improve research, advance treatments and increase awareness of breast cancer for all diagnosed with this curable disease. In the meantime, African American women need to be more adamant than ever about reducing their risks and detecting breast cancer early. A nurse practitioner can help you determine your personal risk so you can better plan your prevention strategy.

Source: Healthy Living

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